Historic Landmarks and Buildings

  • Wentworth by the Sea

    Wentworth by the Sea

    Wentworth by the Sea Wentworth by the Sea is a lovely Victorian hotel that was once featured as a haunted hotel in a movie. For years, it sat forlornly on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in New Hampshire and was almost demolished. Today it’s a thriving, beautiful hotel once…


  • Golden Gate Bridge

    Golden Gate Bridge

    Golden Gate Bridge The Golden Gate, a strait that separates San Francisco, California from Marin County, links the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. From 1820 to 1937, the only way to cross this water was on a ferry. The Golden Gate Bridge offered another option. Fun Facts `During…


  • Mark Twain House and Museum

    Mark Twain House and Museum Although we tend to think of Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) as a Southerner, the Mark Twain House and Museum is in Hartford, Connecticut, a place Twain described as one of the most beautiful towns in the country. Fun Facts Mark Twain and his family lived…


  • Fenway Park

    Fenway Park Fenway Park in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts has a rich heritage and is the oldest active ballpark in Major League Baseball. Fun Facts Fenway Park was built in 1912 by Red Sox owner John Taylor. The first game was played April 20, 1912, but newspaper coverage…


  • Effigy Mounds National Monument

    Effigy Mounds National Monument

    Effigy Mounds National Monument For over 5,000 years, groups of ancient people in what is now the Midwest and Southeast built mounds of earth. Most of these mounds were flat-topped pyramids or mounds and were likely used for burials, religious ceremonies, or even homes. Some of the mounds were shaped…


  • Falling Water

    Falling Water

    Imagine a house built over a waterfall, a house with walls of windows, lots of nature, and the sound of water echoing throughout. That’s Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic project, Fallingwater.   Fun Facts Frank Lloyd Wright built Fallingwater in 1935-1938 in the Alleghany Mountains of rural Pennsylvania. The home was…


  • Taliesin

    Taliesin

    Taliesin was Frank Lloyd Wright’s personal home for most of his adult life. It’s a beautiful place with a sad past. Fun Facts Frank Lloyd Wright built Taliesin in 1911 in Spring Green, Wisconsin for himself and his mistress Mamah Borthwick. He had spent many childhood hours nearby at his…


  • The Alamo

    The Alamo

    The Alamo is remembered as a military fort and the site of a great battle, but it was originally a mission for the Catholic Church. Fun Facts The Alamo Mission in San Antonio was established in 1744 as a church mission and also as a place for missionaries throughout the…


  • The Smithsonia Institution

    The Smithsonia Institution

    The Smithsonian Institution isn’t just one museum, but a complex of 17 museums and galleries, 21 libraries, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo. The complex holds more than 150 million objects and is always free. Learn More The Smithsonian Institution was named for James Smithson, an English scientist who…


  • Gettysburg Battlefield

    Gettysburg Battlefield

    From July 1 through July 3, 1863, Union and Confederate soldiers fought a fierce battle in the borough of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, near the Maryland state line. When the battle ended, 8,900 soldiers lay dead on the field. 22,000 wounded soldiers were treated in homes, schools, and a hospital nearby. Today…